2013 POLL FRAUD BENEFITED LIBERAL PARTY / TINGTING BARES POLL FRAUD


MANILA, OCTOBER 7, 2013 (MANILA STANDARD) By Christine F. Herrera - The election watchdog led by President Benigno Aquino III’s (photo) aunt Margarita Cojuangco on Sunday accused the ruling Liberal Party of cheating in the May 2013 elections, saying LP candidates benefited from 70 clustered precincts that had a 100 percent voter turnout—and where even the votes of the dead were counted.

Isang Bayan Isang Boto co-convenor Worthy Acosta said cheating was rampant nationwide.

“Electoral fraud was discovered nationwide, particularly in areas that were declared ‘zona libre’ (free zones) where the President’s allies slugged it out with the Liberals,” Acosta told the Manila Standard.

Among the clustered areas that had 100 percent voter turnout were Abra, Apayao, Basilan, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Tawi-Tawi and Sulu, Acosta said.

In these areas, Acosta said the senatorial and congressional candidates belonging to the opposition United Nationalist Alliance obtained zero votes, which was statistically impossible.

“Most of these clustered precincts with 100 percent voter turnout were in opposition bailiwicks where UNA candidates obtained zero votes and the Liberals, 100 percent of the total votes cast,” Acosta said.

In some areas, the Liberals obtained 99 percent of the total votes cast while the UNA and the independent senatorial and congressional candidates would share 0.50 percent and 0.18 percent, respectively.

Cojuangco said they found evidence to prove that the 60-30-10 voting pattern was consistent with the results in that the Team Pnoy candidates getting 60 percent of the total votes cast, the UNA bets getting 30 percent and the rest of the independent bets sharing the remaining10 percent.

“The Team PNoy senatorial candidates were digitally elected and the real voters were disenfranchised,” Cojuangco charged.

Cojuangco ran but lost under the banner of UNA, whose president is Vice President Jejomar Binay. At least 110 LP candidates won House seats.

But Cojuangco said Binay had nothing to do with her group’s nationwide probe of the May elections.

Cojuangco reiterated that the government is now spending P30 million “to fix the mess and cover up the crime.”

Among those who most benefited in the fraud was Senator Grace Poe, who ranked No. 1 in the recent polls.

Cojuangco said she had brought the issue to the attention of Commission on Elections chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr., who chose “not to dignify” her accusations.

“I do not want to answer your queries,” Brillantes told Cojuangco in a letter, in response to her question as to why safeguards for the automated polls were “deliberately ignored.”

“We have sufficient reasons and evidence to believe that the 2013 elections were rigged. That massive and nationwide election cheating happened. That cheating was done using pre-programming of PCOS and servers casting doubts on the integrity of the 2013 elections. That the election results were not credible from the proof I have,” Cojuangco said.

Cojuangco urged her nephew-President to investigate the matter, considering that it was his team that benefited from the electoral fraud.

“The President was indignant of the alleged electoral fraud that happened during the previous administration. It is therefore incumbent upon him to be indignant of the electoral fraud that took place under his watch,” Cojuangco told the Manila Standard.

Tingting bares poll fraud By Christine F. Herrera | Posted on October 04, 2013 at 12:02am | 10,434 views


Tingting Claims Team PNoy ‘digitally elected;’ P30m to fix mess

The aunt-in-law of President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday accused Palace and military officials of conspiring to commit “electoral fraud” allegedly by manipulating the results of the automated 2013 mid-term polls that made nine Team PNoy candidates win the senatorial race.

Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco shows what she claims to be evidence of electoral fraud in the last election. Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco shows what she claims to be evidence of electoral fraud in the last election. Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco, wife of President Aquino’s uncle Jose Peping Cojuangco, said the government is now spending P30 million “to fix the mess and cover up the crime.”

In an exclusive interview with Manila Standard and its sister-company The Journal, Cojuangco said election watchdog Isang Bayan, Isang Boto, which she heads, conducted a “discreet investigation” nationwide and had found evidence to prove that the 60-30-10 voting pattern was consistent with the results, which showed Team PNoy candidates getting 6 percent of the total votes cast, the opposition United Nationalist Alliance bets getting 30 percent and the rest of the independent bets sharing the 10 percent.

“The Team PNoy senatorial candidates were digitally elected and the real voters were disenfranchised,” Cojuangco said.

Cojuangco, who ran but lost under the banner of UNA, urged her nephew-President to look into the fraud allegedly perpetrated by the President’s men.

Cojuangco said one of those who most benefited in the fraud was a senatorial candidate who emerged among the top winners in the race.

“My A1 source said the government deliberately made this senator lead the polls,” said Cojuangco who claims to have “many meaningful and good friends” in the Aquino administration.

Cojuangco said another leading senatorial bet was also pre-programmed to be padded to enable him to land in the 12-slate.

Cojuangco’s votes, she said, had been reduced even in areas considered as her and the opposition’s bailiwicks.

Asked if the President was aware of the alleged fraud, Cojuangco said her sources said he was made aware by at least two officials involved in the fraud.

They had to ask the President for P30 million to cover up the mess,” Cojuangco said.

“I love my family, including the President, but I love my country more. I had been fighting for democracy and I cannot be stopped now. I need to expose this fraud so this will not happen again in 2016 presidential elections and all elections after that,” Cojuangco said.

“After these two officials sought the President’s approval for P30 million, a few days later, the Palace announced that a military general has been granted P30 million in intelligence funds,” Cojuangco said.

Cojuangco, along with her members former Biliran Rep. Glenn Chong, Worthy Acosta and lawyer Melchor Magdamo, showed photos of unused printed

ballots that they said would replace the original ballots that contained the “true votes.”

They said the fraud was carried out by a ranking Commission on Elections official, who issued memorandum and resolutions ordering his subordinates to disregard the safeguards that were put in place by law to protect the results of votes cast that passed through the PCOS (precinct count optical scan) and servers.

“We have sufficient reasons and evidence to believe that the 2013 elections were rigged. That massive and nationwide election cheating happened. That cheating was done using pre-programming of PCOS and servers casting doubts on the integrity of the 2013 elections. That the election results were not credible from the proof I have,” Cojuangco said.

“The winners of the 2013 elections may not have been popularly voted, but may have only been digitally elected. That the popular mandate of proclaimed candidates is questionable,” Cojuangco said.

“The 60-30-10 pattern is not coincidental,” Cojuangco said.

Cojuangco said her group is now investigating the results of the elections, including the alleged “excess printing of ballots” by the Comelec to cover up and change the real and actual ballots so that manual count will match the apparent programmed results.

Cojuangco said her group tried to count the votes manually.

“For example, in the manual count, this leading senatorial candidate obtained 193 votes but in the PCOS count, the candidate got 388 votes or an additional 185 votes,” Cojuangco said, showing the evidence she said were acquired during their investigation.

The rest of the Team PNoys also got padded votes, she said, while UNA candidates got reduced votes.

“Thus the need for the extra ballots. They have to match the pre-programmed results with those in the ballots,” Cojuangco said, showing photos of the excess printed ballots.

Cojuangco and her group also questioned the high turnout of the polls when historically, the turnout of the mid-term polls was lower than the presidential polls.

Acosta cited that in 70 clustered precincts, with 500 voters per precinct, the turnout was 100 percent.

“We found out that in those 70 clustered precincts, there were voters in the list who were already dead, voters who chose not to go to the precinct to vote but their votes were counted,” Chong said.

Cojuangco said she wanted the government to penalize those who deliberately violated the safeguards set by Republic Act 9369 or the Automated Elections Act.

Asked if she wanted to nullify the proclamation of the senators, whom she branded as “digitally elected,” Cojuangco had this to say: “It is now up to the President to decide what’s the right thing to do. He was appalled by the rampant cheating that he said happened in the previous administration, and so he should also condemn the manipulation done in the recent polls.”

For his part, Acosta said the source code of the PCOS machines used in the 2013 polls was not allegedly reviewed and certified in violation of the automated law.

The review, he said, should have been done three months before the May 13, 2013 polls.

“There was no review and certification of the source code in the PCOS machines that were used in 2013 elections,” Acosta protested. “What was reviewed and certified was the source code for 2010 polls.”

Magdamo also questioned the Comelec’s decision to remove the digital signature of the Comelec officials in the transmitted election returns as guaranteed by RA No. 9369.

The decision was made through Resolution No. 8786, Magdamo said. The Comelec, he said, also removed the ultraviolet lamp that would have allowed the PCOS to identify fake from authentic ballots.

“The Comelec Resolution specifically orders the Board of Election Inspector (BEI) not to place Digital Signature. The authentication of the documents had been put to question,” Magdamo said.

Cojuangco vowed to bring to the public the manipulation and fraud that took place in the 2013 polls.

Cojuangco denied that Vice President Jejomar Binay had anything to do with her advocacy since Binay is president of UNA. She also said the opposition was not behind her campaign.

“No vested interest groups are behind our advocacy to promote clean and honest elections and uphold democracy,” Cojuangco said.

Poll fraud cover-up ongoing — Tingting By Christine F. Herrera | Posted on October 05, 2013 at 12:01am | 2,215 views

But Palace downplays PNoy aunt’s allegations

A Top Palace executive, a Commission on Elections official and a military general met in July at a residence in Mc Kinley, Forbes Park to plot the cover-up of the electoral fraud that marred the May 2013 senatorial and congressional polls to benefit administration candidates, the President’s aunt, Margarita Cojuangco said Friday.

Cojuangco said the cover-up began in July and continues to be carried out to this day.

“The cover-up involves the printing of new ballots to replace the original ballots that contained the real votes so as to match the bloated statement of votes (SOV) that supposedly passed through the PCOS (precinct count optical scan) and servers,” Cojuangco told the Manila Standard in an interview.

Cojuangco said her sources in the Palace informed her that the officials from the Palace and the Comelec panicked upon learning that she was conducting a nationwide probe and immediately asked President Benigno Aquino III for P30 million to carry out the cover-up.

“[They] panicked because they knew I have proof to show that indeed the elections were rigged and the result of the polls was pre-programmed to make the administration senatorial and congressional candidates win,” Cojuangco said.

In the congressional races, Cojuangco said the results were “equally reversely proportional.”

“Meaning, the increase of the votes of the administration congressional candidate exactly equal with the decrease of the vote share of the opponent,” Cojuangco said. “This is not just seen on the municipal level but also in the per precinct level.”

In the senatorial race, Cojuangco said, the 60-30-10 pattern – 60 percent for the administration, 30 percent for the opposition and 10 percent fo independent candidates – was consistent and discovered in 105 cities and municipalities.

She said the 60-30-10 scheme was first discovered by Math professor Lex Muga of the Ateneo de Manila University.

“Our nationwide investigation showed the 60-30-10 vote scheme was discovered in 59,667 clustered precincts. We have also discovered that there was a pattern among candidates, that whenever there is a vote bulk that enters the transparency server, they would get an equal vote share and the percentage share of each candidate would never change dramatically even if the province canvassed were their bailiwicks or weak areas,” said Cojuangco, head of the election watchdog Isang Bansa Isang Boto.

She said her group has found evidence to prove that the 60-30-10 voting pattern was consistent with the results in that the Team Pnoy candidates getting 60 percent of the total votes cast, the opposition

United Nationalist Alliance bets getting 30 percent and the rest of the independent bets sharing the 10 percent.

Cojuangco also took potshots at the Palace claims that it has already answered the issues she raised.

“How is that possible that the Palace is claiming that it has already answered the issues I have raised when this is the first time I brought the result of my nationwide probe in the open,” said Cojuangco, referring to the story that came out in the Manila Standard on Thursday.

“The Palace is evading the issue that electoral fraud marred the mid-term elections. The result of my nationwide investigation shows that the elections were rigged and the list of senatorial and congressional winners had been pre-programmed by manipulating the PCOS and servers,” Cojuangco said.

“The Team PNoy senatorial candidates were digitally elected and the real voters were disenfranchised,” Cojuangco charged.

Cojuangco, who ran but lost under the banner of UNA, urged her nephew-President to look into the fraud allegedly perpetrated by his men.


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